There is something about sailboats that make them attractive to many people. Is it their graceful movement as they glide through the water? The beautiful shape of ther wind-driven sails? Or is it the sense of freedom that the sight of them evokes in the viewer? No matter, sailboats are a delight to the eye. Enjoy the following drawings as you would a cup of home-brewed coffee.

Figures in a sailboat on a turbulent sea, 1830–1860
Pencil drawing
Albertus van Beest (Dutch, 1820–1860)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Sailboat at Sea, undated
Pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, on cream wove paper
Dominic Serres (English, 1722–1793)
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Venice, 1900
Watercolour and pencil
George Elbert Burr (American, 1859–1939)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Two Sailboats, 1880
Watercolour, opaque watercolour, and graphite, with scraping, on wove paper
Winslow Homer, American, 1836–1910
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Three Sailboats, undated
Pen and brown ink, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper, tipped onto cream wove card
Willem van de Velde, II (Dutch, 1633–1707)
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sailboat and a sloop at sea, undated
Pencil drawing
Petrus Johannes Schotel (Dutch, 1808–1865)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Seven Sailboats, undated
Pen and brown ink and blue and gray wash
Artist unknown; after Jan Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1568–1625)
Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Sailboat on open water, undated
Pencil on paper
George Washington Schwartze (no data provided)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Front View of a Vessel with Masts, undated
Graphite on paper
Cornelius Varley (British, 1781–1873)
Courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art

Sailboat on a Beach, first half 19th century
Brown wash and graphite
John Varley (British, 1778–1842)
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Sail of a boat and two lying boats, 1820 – 1872
Brush in grey, pencil
Hendrik Abraham Klinkhamer (Dutch, 1810-1872)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Launch of “La Sorciére” on the Lake of Geneva, undated
Watercolour and brown ink over graphite on paper
Francis Danby (Irish, 1793–1861)
Courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art

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